Larimer County Fire Ban in Effect

Effective August 18 through October 30 at noon, an open fire ban has been issued in unincorporated Larimer County.  Read more about the ban  

A fire ban was issued August 14 until further notice in the Estes Valley Fire Protection District, which includes Hermit Park Open Space.  Read more about the ban

Beginning Wednesday, July 1, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources will open camping to all methods, including cabins and tipis. All campgrounds are open for reservations including Horsetooth Reservoir, Carter Lake, Pinewood/Flatiron Reservoirs, and Hermit Park Open Space.  All campground restrooms are open; showerhouses open July 1.  Same day camping reservations are allowed during regular business hours.  Swim beaches at Horsetooth Reservoir are open. The swim beach at Carter Lake opens June 27.

The following is not allowed or remains closed:

  • Secondary units 
  • After-hours, walk-up camping

Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing, maintain at least six feet between other visitors, and wear face coverings when six feet of distance cannot be maintained.  Other preparations include:

  • Confirm the area you are intending to camp is open prior to planning a trip. Many agencies have not yet opened areas or campsites.
  • Camp only with members of your household in your local region. Do not invite visitors to your campsite.
  • Group camping (camping with multiple households all in the same general area) is not allowed, in individual campsites or group campsites.
  • Use personal equipment for camping equipment (no rentals or “loaned” items).
  • Secure food, water, gas, and any other needed camping supplies in your home community. You should not go to a host community grocery store, restaurant, supply store, or gas station except for emergency situations. 
  • Be prepared and plan for limited facilities, as some may have reduced access.
  • Be prepared to pack out trash and waste. Bring needed supplies to perform frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces.
  • Bring personal alcohol-based hand sanitizer for use during your stay.
  • Do not camp if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms, such as fever, coughing, or shortness of breath.
  • Do not engage in risky activities. Follow any local county fire bans to not overextend first responders.

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(update 6/26/20)

Larimer County Natural Resources has over 400 campsites in a variety of beautiful locations in northern Colorado. Our campsites vary from electric and full-hookup sites for your RV to walk-in and standard sites perfect for tent camping. Information about what types of sites are available at each campground, including the maximum RV length of a site, is available on our reservations website. Please keep in mind that our campgrounds fill spring, summer and fall weekends, so plan ahead – or come during the week! We hope you have a wonderful camping trip in Larimer County!

You can make reservations from 180 days to 1 day in advance of the arrival date at or by calling the reservation call center at 1-800-397-7795.

Sites that are not reserved become available that day as first-come, first-served for people who are physically present at the parks. These sites cannot be held over the phone, nor can their availability be guaranteed prior to arrival in-person.


Buy Firewood Where You Burn It

You are encouraged to buy firewood at or near campgrounds to prevent the spread of tree-killing insects and diseases. Gathering firewood in Larimer County campgrounds is prohibited. View the Flyer

Map of Larimer County Campgrounds

  • A three-night reservation is required for the holidays of Memorial Day, Labor Day, and whenever Independence Day (4th of July) falls on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday at all campsites.
  • A two-night reservation is required for:
    • weekend dates April through October at all campsites,
    • May through September at camper cabins at Hermit Park Open Space,
  • Maximum stay is 14 days in any 30-day period in the entire system.
  • No Sliding: Reservations made with a departure date beyond the 180-day advance reservations window may not be changed or canceled until 18 days after the reservation is made. This rule is in place to give everyone equal opportunity to reserve the campsite in advance.
  • Five (5) reservations is the maximum you can make per phone call or web session.
  • First-come, first-served sites: During the recreation season, April through October, sites are only "first-come, first-served" if they have not been reserved. From November through March, almost all sites are "first-come, first-served."

We recommend that you reserve your campsite, camper cabin, or tipi in advance to ensure that you have a site in the park of your choice.

  • Reservations are accepted as few as 1 day prior to arrival.  Example: If you are making a reservation online using your credit card, Thursday at midnight is the latest you can make a reservation for Friday. If you are making a reservation through the call center using your credit card, see the call center hours below.
  • The farthest out you can make a reservation is 180 days PRIOR TO arrival date. Use a calendar and count backwards.
  • The reservation center is open for phone calls seven days a week during the recreation season from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. October through March, the reservation center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas)
  • Online reservations can be made 24 hours a day.
  • Cancellation policy: Cancellations made 5 days or less prior to arrival will forfeit 1 night's camping plus the transaction and cancellation fee. Partial cancellations are not allowed. Once a reservation is created, the entire reservation can be changed but not the number of days. To change the number of days of a reservation, the entire reservation must be cancelled.
  • The reservation fee is $8.75 per site, per camping trip. It is a non-refundable fee.
  • When you make your reservation, payment is required for camping permits. Use your credit card, personal check, or a money order.
  • When you arrive at the parks, payment is required for park entrance permits. Purchase daily or annual park entrance permits at the entrance stations, or you can purchase annual park entrance permits online before you get to the parks. Allow mailing time to receive permits before your trip. See current permit prices
  • If you change or cancel a reservation, you must pay an additional $6.35 fee. Plan ahead to save fees! If you cancel fewer than 5 full days before arrival date, or cancel any part of the reservation after arrival at the park, you may forfeit up to two night's camping fees, since the site won't be available for other people to reserve.
  • Refunds after arrival date: No refunds for bad weather, poor fishing or leaving early. Any refund requests after your arrival must be made in person with a Ranger or at the park office before you leave.
  • Walk-in camping fee: $3.00/site

Big Thompson Campground is located on the north end of Carter Lake. Reserve online | Printable map

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Carter Knolls Campground is located on the east side of Carter Lake. Reserve online |  Printable map

Eagle Campground is located on the north end of Carter Lake. Reserve online | Printable map

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North Pines Campground is located on the north end of Carter Lake. Reserve online | Printable map

South Shore Campground is located on the south end of Carter Lake. Reserve online | Printable map

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More information on Carter Lake

Flatiron Campground is located on the northwest side of Flatiron Reservoir. Reserve online | Printable map

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More information on Flatiron Reservoir

Pinewood Campground is located on the northeast end of Pinewood Reservoir. Reserved online | Printable map

More information on Pinewood Reservoir

Hermit Park Open Space does not have water recreation on-site. Lake Estes is three miles away.

Hermit's Hollow (campground #1)

Bobcat (campground #2)

Kruger Equestrian (campground #3)

  • Five equestrian campsites each with two small corrals for up to 2 horses, restroom, parking lot for six horse trailers and Limber Pine Trail access.
  • Five non-electric campsites
  • Reserve online
  • Printable map

Granite Gulch (campground #4)

Camper Cabins

More information on Hermit Park Open Space

South Bay Campground is located on the south end of Horsetooth Reservoir. 

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Inlet Bay Campground is located on the southwest end of Horsetooth Reservoir. 

Boat-in Campsites on west side

More information on Horsetooth Reservoir